Sydney Cricket Ground was formerly known as Garrison ground; it was established in 1848. But in 1894, the name was modernized and changed to SCG. The ground is located in Sydney, Australia, acting as a home-ground to six teams. The arena offers ODI, T20, Test matches, Rugby, Baseball, and Football Association.
|Home Teams:||Australia Cricket Team
New South Wales Cricket Team
|End Names:||Paddington End
|Ground Size:||156M Long
The primary development of this arena started in 1880, where two stands were constructed, followed by a tramline. From 1895 to 1909, a cycling track, women’s stand, and floodlights were installed. In 1978, redevelopments of the ground were started by replacing old scoreboards, stands, and floodlights for the public. The SCG trust is still eager to renovate this ground to provide a luxury environment.
In 2008, 12,000 seats were added to the arena. In 2014, further construction of the stands made seating capacity up to 48,000 people. It has a capacity of 48,601 now.
The seating plan comprises seven key audiences, including general, reserved, media corporate, private, and premium suits. The nine seating stands are followed by gates for accessibility. A stand of reserved seats only for women is also located near the member’s pavilion. Private suites surround the stadium to provide the best view.
The nearest paid parking from the ground is located at Moore park that costs 30$ per car; it varies with events. The parking is at 7-min walking distance. You can also find a free parking spot for a limited time at Lang Road. But the most convenient option is finding public transport from the central station.
The flat track of this ground contains Bulli Soil, making it a dark pitch. It is one of those pitches that have not transformed into drop-in pitches. Mostly, spinners get benefit from this pitch and decide the game course.
Notable Events & Records
Like its history, the list of records and events is vast too. Some highlights of these records are:
- With an audience of 78,056 people, SCG hosted the finals of the rugby league in 1965. The match was between South Sydney and St George, where St George won the premiership for the tenth time. Visitors were standing on the roof, entrance, and stadium’s gates-making the record for the highest audience in the ground to date.
- In 1992, four cricket world cup matches were arranged in Sydney cricket ground, and various vital matches of the world cup were held throughout Australia.
- Michael Clarke was the first person to score a triple century on this ground- the match was held on 3 January 2012 with team India as the opponent.
- In 2012, 100 test matches were completed on the ground, making its way to the top three stadiums.
- In 2014, the cricket stadium was transformed into a baseball diamond to host several matches between Arizona, Diamondbacks, and LA Dodgers.
- 25 November 2014 was the most unfortunate day for the stadium where Sean Abbott’s bouncer struck Phillip Hughes, and later, he died due to the injury.
|First Test:||17 – 21 February, 1882|
|First ODI:||13 January 1979|
|First T20I:||9 January 2007|
|Highest Test Score:||705/7d by IND vs AUS (2004)|
|Lowest Test Score:||42/10 by AUS vs ENG (1888)|
|Highest ODI Score:||408/5 by SA vs WI (2015)|
|Lowest ODI Score:||63/10 by IND vs AUS (1981)|
|Highest T20 Score:||221/5 by AUS vs ENG (2007)|
|Lowest T20 Score:||41/0 by AUS vs PAK (2019)|
Some upcoming events this stadium will host are:
- From 17 November to 20 November 2021, New South Wales and Tasmania will play against each other.
- From 28 November to 1 December 2021, New South Wales will play with Queensland.
- Matches of Big Bash League 2021-2022 will be hosted in this stadium, starting from 5 December 2021.
- In 2022, Australia will play with England as an opposition.
- This ground will host a match from the ICC men’s cricket world cup super league between Australia and New Zealand on 5 February 2022.
Here is the complete address of Sydney Cricket Ground:
Driver Ave, Moore Park
New South Wales, Australia